I have been distant for the past few months and I have missed sharing my posts and ideas with you all. Life has been challenging, busy and very different for me recently. I have not been myself and have had a lot of growing to do. I knew this year would be a big year for change but WOW !!! … I never expected the change to be this rapid.
So if you don’t know your purpose in life, what kind of life will you end up living? I’ll sum it up
with one word:owned. Your life is owned by others —their needs, their goals, their purposes. Why?
Because if you don’t know your purpose, others will put you to good use achieving theirs.
Advertisers spend billions every year to get you to take some small action. The company you
work for or the customers you serve — they want to own you too. And how can you say no? You don’t have a better option, do you? You might as well get a job and buy stuff, make some customers happy along the way, and die quietly. Oh, how cheeky? That’s what others have planned for you. That seems to be what everyone else is doing. You might as well
jump on the same bandwagon… seems safe enough.
Is that the plan you wish to follow?
If you happen to be someone who’s consciously aware of your purpose in life, then you already
know what’s missing from the above — freedom.
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. -Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s fair to say that if you don’t know your purpose in life, you won’t be spending much time working on it. So what will you end up doing with your working time instead?
They are just Three in number. And these three things are in form of questions you need answer to be sure you’ve found your purpose.
- Do You Work for your needs a lot?
- Do You Work for other people’s needs a lot?
- Do You Work for other people’s purpose?
If you answered yes to all, then you aren’t sure of your purpose yet.
But…. If you answered No to all, keep going strong.
Here’s a breakdown on those 3 questions.
1. Working For Your Needs
If you don’t know your purpose, the limit of the work you do for yourself will be stuck at the level of Need, which at best has the potential to grow into GReed.
To be honest, it’s not particularly fulfilling, spending your whole working life this way… Try it yourself
for a few decades if you don’t believe me, and then look at the passionless shell that stares back at you from your mirror.
I’ve gone through this before by just working on fulfilling my needs; Yes I did get to fulfil some and the more I did, the more needful I get.
- Working For Other People’s Needs.
As you work with/for other people, most likely you’ll be putting lots of effort into satisfying other people’s needs and greeds: your boss, your customers, your company’s investors, etc. Even in your free time, you’ll be working to fulfill the desires of advertisers who want you to watch TV and buy stuff. Again, not particularly satisfying, although you may be thrown a few bones by your benefactors, such as the “gift” of working on some interesting projects. This kind of life will ultimately make you want to stand up and shout,
“What exactly is the point of all of this?” But well if you actually do that, you’ll only get blank stares in return. There is no point.
3. Working For Other People’s Purpose.
Now if you’re very lucky, you may get the chance to work for someone or some organization which is itself focused on achieving a conscious purpose. However, there’s no telling what that purpose might be. If you don’t know your own purpose, you can’t consciously choose to work for someone whose purpose aligns with yours except by accident or chance, and the odds of such
alignment are low. So there’s a good chance you’ll be working hard to achieve a purpose you
don’t agree with at all without knowing. Most likely, in such situations you’ll be given a purpose
to achieve that isn’t what you’d choose consciously for yourself. Do you think it fulfilling to spend your whole life this way? Not likely, but it’s at least a
decent path for people who don’t like to think much — others will take care of all the thinking for you (and benefit greatly from all your thoughtless doing).
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. __Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spider Man, Batman, The Red power Ranger, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Ben10, and X-men Did those names ring a bell? We all wanted to be this… Or that… that sometimes, we forget to be ourselves.
As a mater of fact, Since the time we were very young, we begin to experiment with a variety of different identities. Because we are impressionable. It is only natural that we try out new versions of ourselves at fairly regular intervals. The less inhibited we are, the more readily we will try to imitate whatever appeals to us at the moment. At that, we still tend to want to be like people we truly admire (me included I wanted to be superman and flash). I only wonder who the people we want to be like want to be like. hmm… think about it.
Whatever your passion is, keep doing it. Don’t waste time chasing after success or comparing yourself to others. Every flower blooms at a different pace. Excel at doing what your passion is and only focus on perfecting it. Eventually people will see
what you are great at doing,
and if you are truly great, success will come chasing
When asked during an interview how he managed to reach the top as a professional bodybuilder and Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger
replied with a single word, “Drive!” Imagine how it could feel to drive your own car. Now, imagine how it would feel when you drive a car but lost in search of a given location.
Everyone’s life is been driven by something. Ever sat and wondered what drives you to do what you do every day? For me, it’s the promise of growth, the promise of change, hope and the desire to be more than what I am at present.